Williams' Two New Scores on This Year's List of Oscar Nominations

John Williams, who will be 80 years old in February, received two nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his scores to "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin". These two scores are completely different in character, both in sound and style. However they remind us of his writings from the mid 80's and early 90's like from "Far and Away", and "Indiana Jones". Though scores today have taken on a new approach, (one of either minimalistic instrumentation and writing, or electronic and other avant garde styles), Williams has maintained his traditional approach to both orchestral color and melodic writing.

With that said, the rest of this year's nomination list gives Williams' scores some stiff competition:

As they say…"The Nominees are…"

Ludovic Bource – "The Artist"
Alberto Iglesias – "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Howard Shore – "Hugo"
John Williams – "The Adventures Of Tintin"
John williams – "War Horse"

As with last year's Academy awards, I look at the odd-ball-out score…this year it's Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy. Iglesias chose a minimalist approach, fusing classical and jazz elements together with melodies of unanswered phrases. If you'll remember, last year Trent Reznor was the victorious newcomer with his electronic score to "The Social Network", beating out such lush orchestral scores as "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The King's Speech". But maybe it will be the lush, traditional score's turn this year. Ludovic Bource has already sealed the deal with the Golden Globes for his score. But Howard Shore is adding heat to this contest with "Hugo". Shore's score was composed with a Parisian band inside a full orchestra. This made some wonderful orchestral coloring.

The competition is stiff. It will be fun to see who is victorious.

My prediction is "The Artist" will win, but my vote is for "War Horse".

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